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A taste of Boston: Lobster dinners and The Boston IT Party 2.0
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Now that SIMposium 2012 is behind us, (great job Dallas-Fort Worth!) it's time to turn our attention to SIMposium 2013, The Boston IT Party 2.0. Co-Chairs Michael Brooks and Kevin More announced the event at SIMposium 2012, inviting everyone to "Come to Boston — where the technology revolution is still brewing." The duo went on to describe the program tracks for 2013: "The Continuing Revolution in Technology," "The Necessary Revolution in IT Workforce Development," and "Leadership in the Midst of Revolution." And, via the SIMposium 2013 video, the attendees were given the "flavor" of what Boston has to offer. They also gave the attendees a taste of Boston by giving away 20 New England lobster dinners for two, shipped directly to the winners by SIM member company Legal Seafood.

You too can win a taste of Boston, here's how: Take advantage of the Early-Early Bird registration rate in effect until Dec. 31, and you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 10 New England feasts consisting of two lobsters, a quart of New England clam chowder, two Boston cream pies, a claw-cracker kit and cooking instructions. (Not a lobster fan? Is that possible? Not to worry, Legal Seafood will honor your winning certificate for anything in their online catalog of comparable value.) The Early-Early Bird rate ($595) is the lowest rate ever offered for a modern-day SIMposium, and that rate will go up Jan. 1, so take advantage of it while it lasts. Register to attend The Boston IT Party 2.0, and win a taste of Boston.

6 ways the CIO job description is changing
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As new technologies emerge, IT strategies evolve and businesses clamor for skills that go beyond traditional technology management, the CIO job description is undergoing a metamorphosis. SearchCIO has written a great deal about the changes in the role of a CIO in relation to consumer experience, IT consumerization, green technology solutions and a number of other areas. But how has the CIO job description evolved? SearchCIO asked senior IT members which skills they have been asked to develop to better fulfill the role of a CIO in the year ahead. More

The next 4 years in government IT will be about implementation
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President Barack Obama's first term included major programs to make federal technology buying more agile, to shift large swaths of the government's computing from legacy data centers to nimble computer clouds, and to make raw agency data more transparent and accessible. Obama's second term is likely to focus on carrying those initiatives to fruition rather than on bold new plans. More

Is IT outsourcing a dying concept?
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Has the concept of IT outsourcing outlived its effectiveness? KPMG's Cliff Justice says the process that the term was invented to describe has evolved considerably and finding value in IT service providers is taking on new meaning. According to a recent survey by outsourcing analyst firm HfS Research, 63 percent of IT leaders would like to drop the term "outsourcing" to describe the IT services provided to them by third-parties, and 68 percent of IT service providers want to do away with the designation. More

Project management offices: A waste of money?
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Jonathan Feldman, director of IT, writes: "Will most companies that implement a project management office take on higher IT costs without improving performance? That's the bold headline of a Hackett Group study of more than 200 organizations. It's not just hype: I happen to agree that the risks of a disastrous PMO implementation have never been greater. PMOs can be incredibly valuable when they manage the right projects through to business-focused completion and kill the projects that don't measure up. Trouble is, PMOs aren't right for every organization, and every organization won't match the intent with how they follow through. More

Why CIO success comes down to just 3 things
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CIOs all share the common concern of job longevity. When average time in post for a CIO is between only four and five years — and with trends showing that figure is likely to fall — it's no surprise that the role of a CIO requires instant success in minimal time and typically with minimal budget. Nearly every CEO's mandate for a CIO is for IT to be better, faster and cheaper. Given that challenge, the three steps to success for any CIO are obvious. More

IBM CEO study shows IT spending shifting to 'new buyers'
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IBM says technology is becoming so pervasive in corporate America that IT spending is no longer limited to just CEOs or CIOs. Big Blue's 2012 Global CEO Study, which interviewed more than 1,700 executives worldwide, shows the convergence of new technologies such as social networking and mobility is changing how IT is being purchased and used in corporate America. More

Gartner: BYOD will encourage self-support    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During the Gartner Symposium, the analyst firm predicted that IT departments will be expanding their budget to support bring-your-own-device. Gartner expects IT budgets will grow 1.4 percent, driven by mobile technology like smartphones and tablet computers. There is likely to be increased helpdesk costs if IT expands desktop PC support to other devices. However, Gartner thinks many users of smartphones and tablets will develop their own support communities. More

Social CRM offers big rewards if you're persistent
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Putting the "social" in your social CRM strategy means aggregating more information about your customers and prospects. A new generation of tools is being developed to make this happen. Marketers have been having so much fun with the term social CRM that it's hard to know exactly what it means. Social CRM already offers obvious advantages for both revenue generation and customer support functions, but the definition sure seems to be changing as vendors build out feature sets and integrate acquired companies. More


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